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Franchise/Role Player - Danny Granger of the Indiana Pacers
Franchise/Role Player - Danny Granger of the Indiana Pacers English, baby! Video Lesson

Learn adjectives from an NBA star

Date: Mar 04 2011

Themes: Celebrity, Sports

Grammar: Adjectives


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Danny Granger is the franchise player of the Indiana Pacers. He is their leading scorer and team captain. Last season, he was an All-Star, the only one on his team.

When the US won gold in the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey last summer, Danny was on a team with many other great players. He didn’t play as much as does on the Pacers and had a different role in every game. Sometimes, the coach put him in to play defense and other times he was there to score. He was a role player.

Though he’s more than a role player during the NBA season, Danny may do some role playing from time to time off the court. You see, outside of sports, role playing means to pretend to be someone else and Danny just happens to have a favorite superhero. Watch him talk about this and more after a recent practice.

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Jason:  Welcome to English, baby! I am Jason here with Danny Granger. How are you, Danny?

Danny:  How you doin’?

Jason:  A couple of years ago, you did a preseason game in China. I was just curious how that experience was different from playing games here in the US.

Danny:  Totally different. A totally different atmosphere, you know, a totally different fanbase. It’s kind of more rowdy than we get here in the United States.

Jason:  Really?

Danny:  Yeah. But it was fun. We played two games against the Nuggets. It was cool.

Jason:  I want to talk to you about international play. On this Pacers team, you’re sort of the franchise player, the team captain. This summer though at the Olympics you were more of a role player. This website is viewed by people who are learning English, and I was wondering if you could tell us what does it mean to be a role player and talk about that experience.

Danny:  You have to…It’s just what it says, you gotta know your role, whether you’re a defensive player or a scorer, whether you’re a rebounder, whether you’re a shot blocker, whether you’re a point guard, you just have to know your role and stay within it.

Jason:  I understand that your house in New Mexico has a Batcave in it, is that right?

Danny:  Yes.

Jason:  So, there’s also the meaning of role play, like to pretend to be someone else. Do you ever role play in your Batcave?

Danny:  I don’t know if I role play. I hang out in it. That’s about it. But yeah, it was derived from the concept of Batman and that’s the way it was designed, so it’s a lot of fun.

Jason:  Cool. Well, thanks so much. Could I get a high-five and say, “English, baby!” in the air?

Danny:  English, baby!

Jason:  Alright, thank you very much.

Danny:  No problem.


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Last season, the Indiana Pacers played two games in China. Danny Granger says they were a lot of fun. He liked how energetic the fans were.

When Danny helped the US win the World Championship last summer, he was a role player on the team. He says being a role player is about doing one specific thing that you have been asked to do such as block shots or rebound.

In his house in New Mexico, Danny has a Batcave, a room designed to look like Batman’s house. He likes to hang out in there, but he doesn’t actually role play and pretend to be Batman.

What roles do you play in your life? Do you like to role play and pretend to be someone else?

For more with Danny Granger and his Batcave, visit our blog or his website.



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Good player all the time

12:46 PM Jul 18 2011 |


South Africa

good dialogue jase

11:04 AM Mar 27 2011 |


Hong Kong

My role is to role-play a role player…

07:11 PM Mar 10 2011 |


Viet Nam

Nope, I like to be myself. I am not a role play or I don't want to. But in some special case, it may happen. But I do not think it is role playing. 


04:40 AM Mar 08 2011 |



I play a role to be a helpful man and help the other ,

And i think there two type of playing a role :

  • play a role to do a good things
  • play a role  to cheat the other and do bad thing
And i prefer the first

09:24 AM Mar 07 2011 |



Great interview, Jason!

11:12 AM Mar 06 2011 |



maybe it's a funny game  ..........

08:19 AM Mar 06 2011 |

akshay kumar


i never play this game .. can anyone tell wht is this?

04:51 PM Mar 05 2011 |

Nando SantanaSuper Member!


I like very much of role play games. I played in my adolescence. usually i pretended to be a vampire.

good morning people.

05:58 AM Mar 05 2011 |



I think him is very good ,but not better than T-MAC,do you agree?

03:10 AM Mar 05 2011 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Not at all. I think People without confidence pretend to be someone else.


08:15 PM Mar 04 2011 |




04:41 PM Mar 04 2011 |



I used to do role play when I was teaching kindergarten.Kindergarten love role playing so much. They love to pretend to be superhero, animal or someone else. As the teacher, I had to support their interest by pretending to be anything they asked me to. It was pretty fun..

07:30 AM Mar 04 2011 |

alpha girl

alpha girl

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I always wanna be myself…

i feel calm and relax then.

03:17 AM Mar 04 2011 |

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